A Travellerspoint blog

April 2018

Red Beast drop-off

Our final morning on the road, and it's a nice clear morning at the Kandanga free rest area. We add a few coins to the donation box, and had a cuppa with the neighbours.
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We dropped off the Red Beast after a quick look at the local New Age caravan shop. Had a pickup from Deb's sister Maxine who drove us out to lunch.
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and then tea/coffee at The Silva Spoon.
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Neil +Maxine drove us to Brisbane to have a shopping fix prior to the drop + run at the Brisbane airport. Some bargain shopping was had + yes we made sure it fitted into the suitcases.

We met up with Irene & Andrew at the airport whilst in the Qantas lounge. It was great to catch up.
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Special thanks to all the family that have looked after us whilst we were in Queensland.

Here are a couple of bonus pictures from our flight home to Perth last night. We arrived home safely at home in Busselton.
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Childers to Kandanga free campsite

After a look around town in Childers we found the local library for Ian.
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We then purchased a lovely fresh Lamington to have for morning tea with our coffee back at our campsite, the Childers Crescent St. 20 hour rest area.IMG_20180426_102646053.jpg

We set off heading to Kandanga free camping rest area and along the way stumbled, as you do, upon the Tiaro Library.
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We passed through Gympie and had to take a stroll along the shopping strip. As we turned a corner we found a Sushi train restaurant, something Deborah has always wanted to try.
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Who did we run into at Kandanga at the camping area? Mum & Dad ofcourse.
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Mum just had to show Ian the Library at Kandanga.
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But in the end it was all about Mary (Verhoeven).
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Cania Gorge via an adventure track to Childers

We bid farewell to Cania Gorge, a spot that was very special indeed. You know when you are in a place surrounded in such a variety of wildlife which is picturesque. It leaves such a memorable mark with you. This location was gold. We feel sure our overseas family + friends would love this experience.
The variety of birds, kangaroos laying not 10 metres away from you, and even the tiny Bettongs were so delightful.
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Our drive today took us through Monto. We past these murals on the town water tanks that Deborah wanted to share with you.
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The scenery on todays adventurous track Mum & Dad sent us on left us feeling totally relaxed. The cows out here are very relaxed in the country as they stroll across the land choosing what to eat next. A T-Bone is looking good about now.
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Our excursion took us through 3 separate double gates of properties Deborah opened as Ian drove shot gun (today being Anzac Day and all). We came across this little gem in one of the paddocks.
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We came to Boolboonda Tunnel. This tunnel is now home to a colony of Bentwing Bats.
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It was used as a rail line from Bunbaberg to Mt Perry delivering passengers + mail from 1884 + it ran 2 services of a day until it was closed in 1960, no longer being viable to run.
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Here is the Bentwing Bat.
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This track was constructed totally by manual labour, no power tools. The days were long, the labour intensive for each person that worked on this line.
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The locomotive.
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We made it to Gin Gin in QLD, then proceeded to Lake Paradise (Paradise Dam) then headed to the Childers RV friendly 20 hour rest area +settled in for the night.
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Cania Gorge adventures

Our first morning at Cania Gorge, and it was a misty mountain hop style (anyone remember Led Zeppelin).
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Of course it's not just at the 5 o'clock feed time that the birds say hello.
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It's not only the birds, but also the kangaroos come freely roaming.
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What to do when at a gorge? You go gorge trekking. On with the hat and shoes. But first a spot of lunch at the bottom of the hill in a nice picnic area.
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Then off we go.
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Which way now, Deborah?
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Ok, looks like it's Dragon Cave. Due to the dark dragon like image in the light coloured limestone IMG_201804..1717120_HDR.jpg
Next stop is Bloodwood cave, which has a Bloodwood tree root growing through it.
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It's hard work this trekking, but nice views.
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The Gorge lookout was the last stop, before the return journey.
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We noticed these tree? ferns growing off the rock faces as we went up/down the tracks.
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After 2 hours walking through various trails at The Gorge we headed for a lookout to see the Dam which was full of water which has hundreds of thousands of fish. One of our fellow campers went out with his boat and caught a feed for their dinner.

Of course it was 5 o'clock bird feeding again.
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Also at nighttime the elusive Bettong can sometimes be spotted. We glimpsed one as it hopped away.
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Murgon to Cania Gorge

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We left our free camping spot at Murgon this morning. Lovely hot showers and flushing toilets. Luxury, and all for the princely price of $10 key deposit, refundable upon departure.

Headed to the Info Centre to get the key refund, but not before 9am. hen We picked up a 2 for 1 coffee at 'The Coffee Bar 4605'. Bargain at $4.50.

Travelling along the highway we found a few citrus selling shops at Gayndah. A quick stop for a bag of Queensland Mandarins for $5, and a chat to the big fella. Bargain.
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Next stop for a wee and Mandarin break was at Mundubbera. Nice, 20 hour limit, rest stop with artwork, entrance statement and playground.
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Onward to Cania Gorge, but what's a roadtrip without another Library stop. This time at Eidsvold.
What a lucky chap is Ian!
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Our eventual night stop is Cania Gorge. We are here for 2 nights.
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Ian had a turn on the water slide
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The park is well set up for children +families with 3pools, waterslide,kiddy play areas, bouncing pillows, tennis +par 3golf course.

Ian then attracted some of the local bird life at the daily 5pm feeding.
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